Nature’s Scientists 2019 – Salida

Join us for Nature’s Scientists, a summer in nature with hands-on activities, games, art, journaling, and of course, exploring!  We will meet at Longfellow Elementary School each week and take the Chaffee Shuttle bus to our field trip locations.

Ages: Rising 4th – Rising 6th Graders

Meeting Location: Longfellow Elementary School (425 W 7th Street, see map)

(*same time and drop off location as  Guidestone Garden Camp for grades K – 3)

Time:  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

6 Session Series on Tuesdays:

June 11Session 1: Wilderness Skills @ Riverside Park and Salida Mountain Trails on S Mountain – Get to know fellow campers and counselors through activities at Riverside Park and a hike.  Team building games, geology, Leave No Trace and Shelter Building will all be a part of this first week of camp!

June 18 Session 2: Our Wetlands @ Mount Ouray State Wildlife Area. In this session, we will explore a what makes a wetland habitat so unique for all the animals who rely on it.  We will learn about migratory birds, aquatic plants and invertebrates who call the area home.  We will also have time for fishing at the pond!

June 25Session 3: River Creatures @ Poncha Creek Picnic Area.  Explore the creek looking for aquatic invertebrates and learning about their life cycles!  During this session, we will dive into what makes our waters a good home for fish and insects.

(no camp week of July 4th)

July 9 –  Session 4:  Fishing and Geology @ Wright’s Lake, Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, and Continental Divide Trail, Nathrop.  Campers will travel to the Chalk Cliffs area to tour the fish hatchery, fish for trout in Wrights Lake.  After lunch, we will hike along the Continental Divide Trail for a geology hike in this unique area! 

July 16 –  Session 5:  Wildflowers and Forestry @ Monarch Mountain. Hike to an alpine pond exploring wildflowers, learning about Boreal Toads, and looking at forest ecology including beetles and wildfires. 

July 23 Session 6:  Life in the Subalpine @ Mt. Shavano Campground.  Learn about the mammals who make their home in the Subalpine by exploring skins, skulls, scat and tracks.  During this session we will practice navigation skills with a compass scavenger hunt.

NEW IN 2019 –  Optional Camper + Family Camp Out.  Unfortunately, we don’t have all the details ready, but stay tuned for info!

**Note – sessions are not likely to change locations, but it is a possibility due to weather and unforeseen circumstances. However, meeting locations will stay the same. 

– REGISTRATION OPEN MARCH 22

Cost:  $270 for all 6 sessions

Do you have a current GARNA family membership? – Get a $30 discount! Use the code “GARNAMEMBER19” at checkout.   

Not able to attend the full camp?  Registration for individual sessions opens Friday, April 19.

Looking for a scholarship?  Boys and Girls Club Members are eligible to apply.  See Darci at the Club for more info!